Feel sometimes like I’m being lazy.
Feel like I should be DOING MORE.
God has made it very clear to me that I
am doing life the way I am created to.
I am not created to act like………. (fill in the blanks with the name of the person you wish you could be like) dress like……………..eat like……………..play like………………..pray like……………worship like…………write like………….minister like………………Anything like………………….. God has told me on more than one occasion that I am operating as He wants me to.
When He asks me to do something, I do it, with very little fuss. (Not NO fuss, mind you, but very little) the reason, I am positive, is because I understand that He wants the best for me.
For the next three posts, I’ll delve into that just a bit deeper.
my adult life, I’ve taken some sense of value in my ability to stay calm in
EVERY time, but mostly.
this has involved has been taking the time to quiet myself.
to rein my thoughts in and turn them around to a positive way of being;
To look on the bright side.
Philippians 4:8 (ESV) Finally, brothers,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if
there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
it seems that through the years of practice with this “Quietude”,
there has been an unexpected side effect; that of not feeling the full spectrum
start by saying that over the last several years, if you ask me how I’m doing;
my answer would invariably be “Fine”.
heart has been at peace. My mind has been at rest.
answer is accurate and correct.
though, something else has been happening.
over the last several weeks have caused many emotions to come to the surface.
that I mean, the tears are closer to the surface than I am accustomed to them
being, and I’m perhaps a bit touchier than I like.
tried and tried to figure out what was happening.
week, two things happened that seemed to open up a window for me to view the
issue in a different way.
I remembered a quote I had heard from Brene’ Brown;
I had lunch
with my BFF. I was discussing the fact that I wasn’t processing this issue very
well, and that I wasn’t really sure how to put it in words. Here’s what she
said; (When they know all your secrets, they can get to the heart of things!)
“You have been doing well with your emotions. This one circumstance has been a grief to you for a long time. You cannot sustain yourself in grief mode for that long a period of time.”
(Basically, she was saying that I had been protecting myself and my emotions from burning themselves out.)
So now, things have changed.
“You can grieve now. You can feel the emotions and get them healed.”
words were like a bright shining light on my soul.
window is open.
is where Brene’s quote comes into play; there was definitely a time where
numbing out the painful emotions was the right thing to do.
now, I can go on to “un-numbing” the positive emotions!
I can feel the emotions I need to feel, and get on with things, get on with life.
can feel some real joy.
Was all that
time of “Peace and rest” wrong?
Was all that
time of “Peace and rest” untrue?
Was it all
No, No, and
peace and rest that I grew to know and love, was so very real.
believe it was God’s way of protecting my mind, my heart and my health.
lengthy sustained period of grief would have destroyed me from the inside out.
Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
how about you, are your emotions in line with the times you’re in?
your thoughts running to the positive or the negative?
Are you thinking on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable?
“If you don’t like the thought you’re having; have another thought!”
There is a quiet place Far from the rapid pace Where God can soothe my troubled mind
Those are the first words of a song that is not an original work of mine but have been on my heart a lot in recent days. I would like to suggest, my dear Psalms of Life friends, that dedicating yourself to a time of ‘stillness within’ is so valuable.
Establishing the habit for even a few minutes a day (especially at the beginning) is where the power lies. It is the ‘master key’ to a more fulfilling life.
Find a quiet place if only for a few minutes. Be silent, place your hand lightly on your heart. (Your mind focuses on where the touch is felt.) Then breathe slowly and deeply, listening to your breath while you choose to feel grateful.
Listening to your breath actually relates back to the fact that, in Hebrew, the deepest root meaning of Yahweh is ‘passionate breath.’
Practicing the simple habit of daily stillness with the Lord will transform your life. Studying and reading the Scriptures is good, but the art of practicing simple stillness is the most important foundation to build upon. Thanks for spreading these thoughts with 👍 ❤️ !
“Driving back from Kalona, with the sun behind us, I had a realization. For some people, looking back is painful emotionally. However, when it comes to photography, you need to be willing to examine your subject from every angle. Otherwise, you might miss the best picture ever!”